Water may run orange with Milton hydrant flushing

Some Milton residents might see orange or rusty-colored water coming out of their faucets in the coming weeks; the city’s Fire-Rescue Department on March 1 started its annual round of fire hydrant flushing.

“This annual maintenance is done to remove minerals and sediment that accumulate in the water lines over the course of the year,” the city said. “This preventative maintenance also allows us to check and record water pressure to ensure the water system is functioning properly.”

Residents may see a fire hydrant with water flowing from a side opening. Any discoloration of water in the home would be caused by iron sediment in the water disturbed by the flushing.

If this occurs, officials said, run the cold water for several minutes to clear the lines; the water will still be safe to drink. Toilets also can be flushed once or twice. “The water should run clear within a few minutes,” according to the city.

Residents with questions can call the city at 678-242-2541.